Muse’s Monday Menagerie

Its Monday! I am looking forward to this weekend when I get to meet with a couple other Critters in the big city! Yay!

Here’s a short list of articles and opinion pieces from the past few days..

There appears to be some interesting back and forths going on between Glenn Greenwald and Keith Olbermann over Obama’s stance on the FISA Bill. It starts with a blog post by Glenn Greenwald “Keith Olbermann: Then and now“, a response by Keith Obermann on Daily Kos “Well, You Stumped Me“, then back to Glenn, with “Keith Olbermann’s reply and Obama’s secret plan to protect the rule of law“. Firedoglake has more with “Glenzilla vs. Olbermann: John Dean Weighs In“.

I love Keith Olbermann, and I support Barack Obama, but Glenn Greenwald makes some valid points. I am not happy with the direction Obama is going on the FISA Bill, and even though he has my support, it doesn’t mean I don’t question his stance or hold him to account for it. We have to hold the feet of our leaders to the fire and not just follow them blindly, or we get what we’ve been through for the last eight years.

Juan Cole of Informed Comment blogs about the words of Lee Iacocca in his post for today. Strong words, and more surprising, from a Republican.. Please read them: “Iacocca: Where the Hell is our Outrage?

“Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We’ve got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we’ve got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can’t even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, “Stay the course.”

“Stay the course? You’ve got to be kidding. This is America, not the Titanic. I’ll give you a sound bite: Throw the bums out!
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On AlterNet: The ‘Mortgage Meltdown’ Was No Accident.

From BradBlog, House Judiciary Subpoenas DOJ for Documents on CIA Leak, Selective Prosecutions“:

On Friday, just 10 days after the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued subpoenas to the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) for notes from a June 2004 interview the FBI conducted with George Bush and Dick Cheney regarding their roles in the CIA leak scandal, the House Judiciary Committee issued subpoenas for documents related to the leak as well as the department’s alleged political prosecutions.

From TPM Muckraker: “U.S. Advised Iraqi Ministry On Oil Deals“:

A couple weeks ago, we learned that Iraq’s oh-so-very-sovereign Ministry of Oil was about to award a round of no-bid contracts to several western oil companies that would bring the large multinationals back into Iraq for the first time in more than 35 years.

The Bush Administration insisted that they were not going to interfere in this deal, which was between Iraq’s democratic leaders and private-sector companies.

But today’s New York Times report confirms what many people have suspected for years — that U.S. officials are working behind the scenes to influence the future of Iraq’s massive oil reserves.

From Democracy Now!: “Hersh: Congress Agreed to Bush Request to Fund Major Escalation in Secret Operations Against Iran“:

Congressional leaders agreed to a request from President Bush last year to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran aimed at destabilizing Iran’s leadership, according to a new article by veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker magazine. The operations were set out in a highly classified Presidential Finding signed by Bush which, by law, must be made known to Democratic and Republican leaders. The plan allowed up to $400 million in covert spending for activities ranging from supporting dissident groups to spying on Iran’s nuclear program.

Here is Seymour Hersh’s article from The New Yorker (via Truthout): “Preparing the Battlefield“.

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McCain lambasted by vets for his GI Bill flip flopping

The site VetVoice had this article posted yesteday.

A Tale of Two Johns

Lambasting Johns Coryn (R TX) and McCain (R AZ) for their shoddy faux support of Webb’s GI Bill. Quoting the article
“Senators John Cornyn and John McCain are like two anti-troop peas in a pod. After voting against the Dwell TIme Amendment that would give soldiers equal time at home as they spent overseas, both adamantly opposed the new GI Bill as “too generous.” Going a step further, Cornyn’s aide personally told me during a call to his office that the new GI Bill would encourage soldiers to leave the service. Of course, Cornyn pulled that notion out of John McCain’s ass, who repeatedly suggested the new GI Bill would harm the military by way of reduced retention. Transferability of the bill to family members never came up during the opposition to this bill. ”

McCain then shamelessly tried to take credit for the bill.

Veterans of America, you should know who’s on your side, and McIIIrd, it ain’t.

What if..?

If Terrorists Rock the Vote in 2008
by Frank Rich – Truthout

Don’t fault Charles Black, the John McCain adviser, for publicly stating his honest belief that a domestic terrorist attack would be ‘a big advantage’ for their campaign and that Benazir Bhutto’s assassination had ‘helped’ Mr. McCain win the New Hampshire primary. His real sin is that he didn’t come completely clean on his strategic thinking.

In private, he is surely gaming this out further, George Carlin-style. What would be the optimum timing, from the campaign’s perspective, for this terrorist attack – before or after the convention? Would the attack be most useful if it took place in a red state, blue state or swing state? How much would it ‘help’ if the next assassinated foreign leader had a higher name recognition in American households than Benazir Bhutto?

Unlike Hillary Clinton’s rumination about the Bobby Kennedy assassination or Barack Obama’s soliloquyremarks were not an improvisational mishap. He gave his quotes on the record to Fortune magazine. He did so without thinking twice because he was merely saying what much of Washington believes. Terrorism is the one major issue where Mr. McCain soundly vanquishes his Democratic opponent in the polls. Since 2002, it’s been a Beltway axiom akin to E=mc2 that Bomb in American City=G.O.P. Landslide.

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A gaffe – according to the NY Times:

It was the journalist Michael Kinsley who changed Washington’s understanding of gaffes with his observation that they occur not when people lie, but when they say what they really think.

Was this a gaffe? Or was it a political calculation.. Charlie Black MAY have committed a huge gaffe with this statement, but I don’t believe for a second it was an accident, and it definitely wasn’t ‘misspeaking’. It may well have been a political calculation – especially beings it was said during an interview for a magazine. His simply apologizing, or ‘disavowing’ the remark afterwards, after he already got it out there, doesn’t really work… Not very convincing. The damage is already done; the idea is already planted.

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